In a time of heightened environmental awareness, many cities are desperately trying to rescue and re-introduce nature back into our increasingly urbanized society. As a city defined by organic change and temporary interventions, Berlin is the perfect laboratory for creative experimentation and urban regeneration. Taking cues from salvaged brownfields and guerilla gardening pioneers, Little Wood is a project that introduced visitors to a responsive ecosystem, inspiring them to re-imagine urban nature and the role it will have in our future lifestyles.
Over the course of the summer 2014, Contemporary Food Lab created an urban ecosystem and curated it as an open space with an interdisciplinary program for the public. Gathering expertise from scientific, artistic and philosophical perspectives, Little Wood invited leading experts to pose critical questions about public space, ecological sustainability, biodiversity, cultural representation and food production.
With support from Humboldt University, artist Kerim Seiler and Graft Architects, and many others, Little Wood grew a city garden and invited the public into an engaging space of culinary activism, experiential learning, and community-building, leisure and entertainment. The intervention was a sensory experience and retreat, as well as a catalyst for engaging exchange and dialogue about urban sustainability. PLANE–SITE Managing Partner Andres Ramirez was Little Wood’s program curator for site-activating events that explored the intersection of nature, design and technology, for Little Wood’s urban habitat.